Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke
The dark cloud is encircling around Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke who has been on self-exile in the United Kingdom since the advent of the present government of President Buhari.
The present government has not hidden his disdain for Mrs Madueke who is accused of involvement in several high cases of corruption during her stint as the nation Petroleum Minister.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. The nation corruption watchdog has on many occasions declared her wanted in connection with some of the graft which was done under her watch. The EFCC had recently expressed its frustration in not laying hands on Mrs Madueke as a result of her sojourned in the United Kingdom and has determined to get her at all costs.
Mrs Madueke Spotted in London
It is therefore not surprising that the anti-graft agency has gone a step further to enlist the assistance of the International Police INTERPOL to help arrest and deport her back to Nigeria to answer corruption charges.
The INTERPOL has therefore released an international warrant of arrest to all its members’ countries to arrest and deport Mrs Madueke any day she sets foot on such countries.
It is gathered that INTERPOL was compelled to act based on the request with substantial evidence made by the Nigerian Government for her extradition to face trial. A source said the necessary charges have been filed and attached to the extradition request by the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation.
It would be recalled that the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided by Justice Valentine Ashi on November 4, 2018, ordered the arrest of Mrs Madueke. The court had ordered the Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, the Director General of State Security Service SSS and all heads of other security agencies to arrest her.
The court order was subsequently attached to a warrant to be executed on Mrs Madueke where ever and whenever she is arrested. The acceptance of this warrant by the INTERPOL for service on Mrs Madueke, therefore, marked a big breakthrough for her enemies, specifically the EFCC. It gives hope that soon she will be arrested by the United Kingdom police or any other police agency throughout the world and repatriated back to Nigeria.
This in effect signals the commencement of her extradition process back to Nigeria to answer corruption charges preferred against her by the Nigerian government.